Finding Plumbing Issues Early

5 Common Leaks to Prevent

by Chris Bowman

Preventing leaks in your house is the best way to ensure that you can avoid water damage. Here are five common leaks that you should learn how to prevent:

  1. Washing Machine: The washing machine is susceptible to leaks because of the constant water that is running through the hoses. Due to the water pressure that is put on the hoses, they should be replaced every five years in order to prevent the wear and tear that causes leaks. In order to relieve some of the pressure, you should also be sure to turn off the water to the washing machine whenever you leave the house for a few days. 
  2. Toilets: When the toilets in your house leak, it is usually because of a clog. If you have a clogged toilet, the first thing you will want to do is pull up the float under the lid. This is going to prevent water from flowing into the bowl of the toilet, which prevents it from overflowing and causing water damage to the flooring of your home. 
  3. ​Water Heater: Older water heaters are susceptible to leaks. It's important that you have your water heater inspected by a plumber every two years and have them flush out the sediment build up in the tank every once in a while, as well. This is going to help the water heater be checked and treated for leaks whenever necessary to prevent a leak from becoming any worse and causing water damage. 
  4. Dishwasher: Like the washing machine, the dishwasher also has water constantly running through it. The dishwasher is usually attached to the main drain that also connects to the sink. When you check underneath the sink, you should also be checking for discoloration and any wet spots that could indicate a leak in the dishwasher hose. At this point, the hose should be replaced. 
  5. Faucets: The faucets in your house, including the sink faucet, shower head, bath tub faucet and others, can easily begin to leak. This is typically due to the faucets becoming loose. You can easily tighten them with a wrench. However, if this doesn't work, the faucet may need to be replaced. 

By knowing how to prevent these five common leaks, you can be sure that you avoid major leaks that can potentially cause severe water damage in your home. Be sure that you hire a professional, such as Garrett Plumbing, whenever you have a leak that is too severe to fix on your own.